I spent a little while last night and a bit of tonight working on a new version of the stargate i made previously for my pops. It happens to be a great thing to do test cuts with because it has so much detail! Ive been scaling it down pretty small to keep engrave times down and now waste as much material in testing (ive cut like 6 of these).
Below you will see two test engraves I did with different versions of the design.
The first thing I will tell you is that the detail this can put out is amazing!!!.. and I love being able to make color changes to vector designs and have them be rendered in different shades in the engraves. You can see the distinct dark and light rings. The dark ones were set as grey, the light ones were set as white. The lines and symbols were black. (I changed the chevrons in the top photo to be white which is why theyre different from the lower engrave).
On to materials. I will have to say I have a ton of materials, but I am loving the consistency of the proofgrade plywoods. They are premium, and way more consistent than home depot/lowes plies. The top photo/engrave is home depot/lowes birch ply, and the bottom one is proofgrade. There are noticeable variations in the non-proofgrade ply (understandable as it wasnt designed to be laser cut).
@jacobturner asked in another thread why not just forego the use of masking on detailed prints instead of trying to come up with a kind that can be removed without lots of rubbing or picking?
Well if you take a look at the differences between the light rings in the first and second photos you can easily see why the masking is great. The contrast you can get out of this material without the stains is INCREDIBLE. Also if you have outer borders on cuts/engraves they will be stained by smoke. Having that masking tape on can make a huge difference in appearance.
Hopefully I will have a more final version of this to show you guys later, but for now im loving these little ones. Its snowing here, so off to play in the snow!
this photo: non proofgrade, no masking, chevrons were colored white in this one
this photo: proofgrade, masking, chevrons were colored grey in this one (earlier design version)